David Aaronovitch and Mehdi Hasan












What right is there under freedom of speech to cause offence? We brought together David Aaronovitch, Times columnist and author of Voodoo Histories with Mehdi Hasan, Political Director of Huffington Post UK and co-author of ED: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader to debate what is at stake.

The Twitter hashtag(s) were #Offend and #PolisOff

You can watch a video of the debate here

Here’s a report of the event in the Huffington Post UK

Here’s one very thoughtful and entertaining blog response

Here’s a report by someone who wasn’t actually there, but it doesn’t stop her from making her point via the coverage of the debate. Some interesting responses in the comments amongst the usual knee-jerking.